Hard Hitter

A Brooklyn Bruisers Novel

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From the USA Today bestselling author of Rookie Move comes the second novel in the series that’s hot enough to melt the ice.
 
He’s a fighter in the rink, but he’s about to learn that playing nice can help you score...
 
As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O'Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O'Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team’s massage therapist.
 
After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, she’s decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers’ MVP. O'Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O'Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good...


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Another standalone romance in Sarina Bowen's USA Today bestselling series!

Lark Wainright used to be fearless. She led her life as a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her last overseas adventure was one too many. She’s safe now, but her family is still consumed with worry and her nights are filled with terror.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps into her little car and heads to Vermont. But her night terrors don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of the Shipley Farm to soothe her when her dreams prove too much.

Zachariah is a survivor, too. It’s been four years since he was tossed aside by the polygamist cult where he grew up. He’s found a peaceful existence on the Shipley’s farm. He’s good with animals, and he’s good with his hands. But getting thrown away by your own people at nineteen leaves a mark on a guy. He doesn’t always know what to make of a world where movie quotes are the primary means of communication. Before hitchhiking to Vermont, he’d never watched TV or spoken on the phone.

Actually, there are a lot of things he’s never done.

Zach and Lark slowly grow to trust one another. One night they become even closer than they’d planned. But Lark may still be too broken to trust anyone. When she pushes Zach away, he will have to prove to himself that he's good for more than farm labor.

Praise for the True North series:

“Utterly fantastic. Well-written romance that runs the full gamut of emotions. Oh, and did I mention steamy? This series has it all. ” — Red Hot & Blue Reads

“I’m crazy about this series. In love with Jude and Sophie, the Shipley’s, just the whole family dynamic. EVERYTHING IS WOW.” — Angie's Dreamy Reads

“A world that pulled me in and had me wishing I could read all day!” — Shh Mom’s Reading

“5-stars, Top Pick! This story will break your heart and stitch it back together again.” — Harlequin Junkie

“Another fantastic book by Sarina Bowen! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” — The Book Hookup

"Smart, funny and super sexy, Bittersweet is full of the kind of writing that makes Sarina Bowen one of my favorite author crushes." —Author Sarah Mayberry

For fans of: Melanie Harlow, Corinne Michaels, Meghan March, Lauren Blakely, Julia Kent, Elle Kennedy, Tijan, CD Reiss, Kendall Ryan, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Jana Aston, K Bromberg, Katy Evans, Jessica Hawkins, Kristen Proby, Penny Reid, Helena Hunting, Sally Thorne, Kristen Ashley, Helen Hoang, Kylie Scott, Christina Lauren, Jana Aston, Sawyer Bennett, Lexi Ryan, Karina Halle, Skye Warren, Kennedy Ryan, Jodi Ellen Mapas, Zoe York, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis.

Keywords: virgin hero, survivors, cult members, kidnapping, contemporary romance, PTSD, Vermont, coming of age.

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Penguin
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Published on
Jan 3, 2017
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9780399583469
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English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Sports
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He can't have her. And he can't tell anyone why.

Ski racer Dane “Danger” Hollister does not do relationships, though he keeps his reason a secret. The real-life curse he's inherited from his mother will eventually cost him everything: his place on the Olympic ski team, his endorsement income, and his ability to fly downhill at top speed.

Reluctant country girl Willow Reade meets Dane by accident. Literally. Her skidding truck forces him off the road during a blizzard. Stranded together in his Jeep as night falls, the two loneliest people in Vermont find themselves sharing more than they'd planned. And not just conversation.

Yet neither can guess how their unlikely tryst will threaten Dane’s frightening secret and Willow’s tentative peace with her own choices. Only mutual trust and understanding can end their pain and give them a hard won shot at love. 

"Sarina Bowen is a fantastically gifted storyteller."

-- Lorelei James, New York Times bestselling author.

 

"Bowen writes great dialogue and wonderfully realistic characters"

-- Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books for Kirkus Review 

 

"A powerful, redemptive love story that churned my insides, but also left me absolutely satisfied"

-- The Bookish Babe

 

"A deeply romantic story that warms with slow-burn eroticism and genuine insight into loss and love. Sarina Bowen's debut glows with intelligence and a lovely sweetness."

-- Mary Ann Rivers, author of The Story Guy

Keywords: sports romance, contemporary romance, skiing, skiers, ski racing, snowboarding, Vermont, one night stand, accidental pregnancy, alpha male, sports hero, skiing romance, alpine romance, downhill skiing, racing romance, Olympic games, Olympian, winter games, winter Olympics, gold medal romance, Huntington's disease, fatal illness, medical romance, genetic disease.

A USA Today bestseller from Sarina Bowen

You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It’s what friends do. But what friends don’t do is rip off each others’ clothes for a single, wild night together.

Now she’s avoiding me. She says we’re too different, and it can never happen again. So why can’t we keep our hands off each other? 

I loved this fresh new twist on the billionaire storyline and the absolutely dreamy hero. Nate is everything I could ever want in a book boyfriend - he's smart, confident, and completely smitten! Brooklynaire is sexy and addictive! #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely


Sarina Bowen’s hockey romances books can be read together or separately:

BROOKLYNAIRE

OVERNIGHT SENSATION

ROOKIE MOVE

HARD HITTER

PIPE DREAMS

BOUNTIFUL

THE YEAR WE FELL DOWN

THE YEAR WE HID AWAY

THE FIFTEENTH MINUTE

GOOD BOY

STAY


Don’t miss Sarina’s other romances, including the USA Today bestselling True North series:

BITTERSWEET

STEADFAST

KEEPSAKE

BOUNTIFUL

SPEAKEASY

FIREWORKS


Praise for Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen's hockey heroes feed my heart and soul! Delicious, emotional and wildly sexy! New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely


Sarina scores big with this undeniably swoony romance. New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan


Fantastic. USA Today


I love Sarina Bowen's deliciously sexy heroes! Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author


A fantastically gifted storyteller. She bolsters every story with emotional power, humor and heart. I'm a huge fan and she's at the top of my auto-buy list. Everyone should be reading her books! Lorelei James, New York Times bestselling author


A master at drawing you in from page one and leaving you aching for more. Elle Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author


Brooklynaire hooked me on the first page, and I couldn't put it down! I loved this smart, funny, and sexy friends-to-lovers romance! NY Times bestselling author Meghan March


Fun, flirty and totally satisfying. Get ready because Nate is the hockey-loving geek billionaire you need in your life! USA Today bestselling Author Avery Flynn

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For fans of: Helena Hunting, Elle Kennedy, Catherine Gayle, Avon Gale, Toni Aleo, Kristen Callihan, LJ Shen, Mona Kasten, Corinne Michaels, Jana Aston, Karina Halle, Meghan March, Jay Crownover, Anna Todd, Geneva Lee, Audrey Carlan, Jill Shalvis, Suzanne Brockmann, Helen Hoang, Christina Lauren, Kristan Higgins, Sally Thorne, Penelope Sky, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Maisey Yates, Elle Kennedy, Lauren Blakely, Susan Mallery, Penny Reid, Julia Kent, Kendall Ryan, Kennedy Ryan.

Keywords: billionaire romance, Brooklyn, hockey, workplace, office romance, billionaires, New York City, urban romance, forbidden romance, alpha male, genius, alpha billionaire romance, sexy billionaires, hot billionaires.

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